Sexual assault cases in the military would be moved to civilian jurisdiction under a bill approved by the California State Senate this afternoon.
Senators have unanimously approved the Military Sexual Assault Bill that would remove such cases from the chain of command.
"At this stage in California, the civilian courts are better equipped to handle these cases given the resources that they have to conduct the investigation and to pursue a prosecution," Senator Alex Padilla said.
Padilla says the practice will prevent conflicts of interest in the evaluation and prosecution of sexual assault cases.
SB 1422 would also provide no statute of limitation in cases of sexual assault in the California Military Department.
The bill will now be heard by the Assembly.